I Am Alarena the Aswang

by Romeo Esparrago

 

i am an aswang

i have come from the depths of tropic heat and jungle

i am an aswang

i am one who has swallowed

a black chick from the mouth of a dying other

i am an aswang

i am one who can cleave my body in two

and float my upper half in the darkness of the night

i am an aswang

i am one whose tongue can stretch to an infinite length

and a thread-like thinness

i am an aswang

i am one who feeds on the innards of babies

of pregnant women of over-eager men

i am an aswang

i am one that suckles on the voided discharge of the sick and elderly

i am an aswang

i am one you need to fear for i am far more beautiful

far more cunning and far more deadlier than you

i am an aswang

i am named alarena

and i hate and love what i am and

i am an aswang

 

(Poetry & artwork copyright © 1994 by Romeo Esparrago.)

 


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